Information About Toby - Edinburgh teacher - (4 reviews)
This is how 3 referees rated Toby:
I have been playing the violin since I was 7, and the viola since just a little later. After a thorough grounding in my teens with the Bromley Youth Music Trust, I went on to Cambridge University, where I studied privately and led the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, co-led the Musical Society first orchestra and played in the Chamber Orchestra. Since then, I have freelanced and taught in London, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Sussex, performing with numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK.
I have taught privately for over 10 years, most recently for Susanna Cassam Music Tuition in Brighton and Hove.
I have proven success with taking students through practical music exams, but am not dogmatic about them. I also teach Music Theory and Practical Musicianship.
Here is some nice feedback I received:
Toby seems to have a natural rapport and ability to relate things to her level and youth whilst at the same time being 'teacherly' and adhering to the musical requirements so that she learns properly. He also has a nice sense of humour.
For me, the most important thing is the enjoyment of making music.
I enjoy playing different genres of music myself, and so will happily tailor a course of study to a student's specific musical interests - whether they're classical, folk, jazz or pop - whilst giving them a thorough grounding in violin technique.
When I first picked up the violin aged 8, it was just something to do; and when the going got tough, I got disenchanted. The sticking point was practice, and I remember hating having to do it so much that I broke my (relatively cheap!) violin in two on the floor in protest… It took a fresh and inspiring approach in my early teens for me to see the point of practice, when my amazing new teacher Lynn threw Bartók's 44 Duos for Two Violins at me: they were a revelation. They won't do it for everyone: but the point is that practice is fun when you are motivated to do it. For some, this will be an exam or an audition; for others, because they just can't stop playing Harry Potter… Finding this motivation can be tricky but is essential if you are going to make progress and become the next Nicola Benedetti!
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2008) - Diploma in Viola Music Performance (Distinction) (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Bristol (2004) - Certificate in Education (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Jesus College, Cambridge (2001) - Bachelor of Arts (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- GSMD (1996) - Grade 8 violin playing (Honours) (Other) (✘ Not On File)
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